You can work off some of that excess holiday poundage next week at "drop-in" basketball and volleyball games at 15 Fairfax County school gyms. The facilities will be open Monday through Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. and on New Year's Eve from 2 to 6 p.m. for intermediate school-age youth through adults. There is no charge for use of the facilities. For information, call 246-5515 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Employer of the Year nominations are due Dec. 31 to the Business and Professional Women's Club of Annandale. The award is given annually to the Northern Virginia organization or business that has best demonstrated support for the interests and needs of female employes by providing opportunities for advancement and additional training, support for dependent care, liberal parental leave policies and other actions.
To submit nominations, call Rebecca Stoughton at 352-2642 or 734-6047.
Vehicle decals for senior citizens and permanently and totally disabled persons in Fairfax County are available by application through Dec. 31. To qualify, an applicant must be permanently and totally disabled or at least 65 as of Dec. 31, and meet income and other requirements.
Application forms are available at the Office of Assessments and its branches and at public libraries. Call 246-2437 for information.
Applications for the Housing Expense Relief Program in Fairfax County are due Dec. 31 at the Office of Assessments. To qualify for the program, which provides up to $150 per year in housing cost relief, applicants must be homeowners or renters between ages 55 and 64 or with minor children at home, must meet income requirements, must not live in subsidized housing and must not be welfare recipients.
Applications may be made at the Office of Assessments or one of its branches. Applications are also available in county public libraries. For information, call 246-2437.
Two-year-olds may attend "Time for Twos," an eight-week story program beginning Jan. 5 at the Mary Riley Styles Public Library in Falls Church. The series will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and will feature stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple crafts.
Two other preschool story hours that do not require registration are open to children ages 3 to 6 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. The library is at 120 N. Virginia Ave. Call 241-5030.
Learn how to cut, cook, decorate with and store vegetables at a cooking workshop Jan. 7 sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority. "Meals in Minutes -- The Basics of Vegetables" will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wakefield Recreation Center, 8100 Braddock Rd., Annandale.
Participants must bring a knife and cutting board. Registration is until Dec. 31 and costs $16 (including $8 for supplies). Call the center at 321-7082.